TBS' Conan is well-known for travelling to different parts of the world for special episodes, having previously shot in Ireland, Finland, and Toronto as well as U.S. cities such as New York, Chicago, Dallas and Atlanta. Deadline reports that host Conan O'Brien has hit the road once again, travelling to Cuba to film several segments for the March 4 episode of Conan, which will give viewers, "a rare glimpse into Cuban daily life." The show will be the first late-night talk show to film in Cuba since the U.S. trade embargo began in 1962.
It is believed that the Conan episode is part of President Barack Obama's new initiative announced in December, which restored international relations between the U.S. and Cuba, including the loosening of travel restrictions and the U.S. opening a national embassy in the country's capitol city Havanna. It was also announced last month that the first full musical in 50 years will be put on in Cuba, a production of Rent by the Cuban National Council of Performing Arts.
Conan O'Brien chose this weekend to film in Cuba because he is not taping a live show tonight, due to the President's Day holiday, giving him the time needed to shoot the segments he wanted. The host had been talking about filming in Cuba for the past few months, but specifics of the shoot were not revealed. Some had wondered why Conan O'Brien wasn't present for Saturday Night Live's 40th Anniversary Special last night in New York, since he served as a writer for the show in the late 1990s, but now we know why. Are you looking forward to Conan's Cuba episode on March 4? Chime in with your thoughts, and stay tuned for more updates on this history-making show.